Parramatta is quickly becoming a serious contender for one of the best foodie spots in Sydney. Full to the brim with restaurants, bars, cafes and alllll of the ice cream, its latest arrival, The Meat & Wine Co, was made for the carnivores.
Tucked away in the brand spankin’ new Meriton Suites, The Meat & Wine Co is exactly what Parramatta has been missing. Complete with South African tribal décor (think dark timbers, woven couches and exotic rope lanterns) and a lively, buzzing atmosphere, when we arrived late one Friday night, we knew immediately that we were in for a good time.
After the host showed us to our corner booth (our fave!), we were faced with choosing a wine to start. The list is extensive and perfect for groups of all sizes. We opted for the Barwang chardonnay, which was just the right amount of oaked and had the kind of buttery aftertaste you never want to disappear.
When it came to food, we couldn’t look past the meat, glorious meat (obvs). For entrée, we opted for the wagyu tartare, with smoked yolk, green dressing and lavosh to share. As expected, the meat was super high quality and seasoned to perfection—FYI this one’s a must!
Ordering steak for mains was a given (it’s called The Meat & Wine Co for a reason, people) and the waiter recommended we go for the Shorthorn 150D. With this in mind, we treated ourselves to the New Yorker AND the fillet (yes, really) so we could test out both cuts. Each steak was delicious as the other, but if you’re looking for something that melts in your mouth, make the fillet (cooked medium rare) your go-to.
Did we mention we ordered a side of mac ‘n’ cheese, as well? Because we did. And it was damn delicious. Made with rigatoni, charred cauliflower, cheddar, Parmesan and truffle, you’re going to wish you ordered an entire serve for yourself. Just sayin’…
If you have room for dessert (unfortunately, we didn’t), the apple pie is bound to be a winner. Fried apple pastry, apple toffee cream, sour apple gel, mascarpone ice cream and smoked maple syrup is the ultimate combo, and we bet it’s worth every last calorie.
Perfect for date night or a birthday dinner with your whole gang, The Meat & Wine Co deserves a place on every foodie’s Sydney bucket list.
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Image credit: The Meat & Wine Co